Boks sweat on three injured stars

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 18 Jun 2012 at 08:30
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A weekend medical update from SARU had confirmed that three of Heyneke Meyer’s Bok squad are facing an anxious wait to be cleared to play in this weekend’s third test in Port Elizabeth.

Many a fan was deeply concerned as lock Juandre Kruger was carried off the Coca Cola Park field on a stretcher on Saturday; the good news in this case, though, is the confirmation from team doctor Craig Roberts that a scan has cleared him of any serious damage. Not to say that he’s been given the green light to play this weekend, however; that will only follow later in the week once the player has been further assessed.

Fullback Pat Lambie twisted his left ankle early in the game and never quite came right afterwards, while outstanding flank Willem Alberts picked up a medial knee ligament strain. Both will require conservative management this week and may still be cleared to play. Then again, with the England series already wrapped up an the Rugby Championship against Australia, New Zealand and Aregentina just around the corner, Meyer may be forgiven if he opts to wrap Alberts, in particular, in cotton wool for the time being. The player has proven himself invaluable to the Bok cause, but has also carried a massive work load over two seasons and could do with a bit of careful management.

Nothing has yet been said about replacements, but one feels that with Frans Steyn out, the Boks are definitely short of a utility back; whether that’s a centre or a fullback will, I guess, depend on how Lambie looks today. I wouldn’t expect Meyer to go outside the current group of forwards, though; Franco van der Merwe can cover for Kruger, while both Ryan Kankowski and Jacques Potgieter offer ball-carrying loose forward options as an alternative to Alberts.


  • The Boks team selection could prove to be interesting this week.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.06.12 08:43:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) :

    Wynand Olivier at 12. ๐Ÿ™„

    If Lambie is injured will Aplon start at 15?? ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.06.12 08:47:46 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 2) :

    Oh, how we miss JdJ now!! ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.06.12 08:50:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : I’m sure he’s on that same standby list Gaplon was on.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.06.12 08:52:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I believe Juandre Kruger will be fine for Saturday!! ๐Ÿ˜•

    If Alberts doesn’t make it who will take his place??

    Surely not Keegan. He is too light for test rugby!! ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.06.12 08:54:03 by wpw Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : I should post the Super rugby stats I compiled on our centers so people can stop complaining about JDJ. Did you know that he made only ONE linebreak all season?

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.06.12 09:20:18 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 6) : ๐Ÿ˜ฏ … it’s almost like the opposition knows what he’s going to do! Inside step? Surely not! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.06.12 09:21:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 6) : Please post them then..

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.06.12 09:39:09 by Ben Reply
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  • Ek ruik ‘n aanlyn gestryery is oppad ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.06.12 09:52:42 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : Ben has a crush on Juan de Jongh. It’s quite sweet to watch ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nothing as touching as watching a true bromance develop and flower ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.06.12 09:58:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : We do??

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.06.12 10:00:41 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : The question is, will Wes allow Ben to date his love child? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.06.12 10:00:52 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Best 13 in SA, Bar none! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.06.12 10:01:50 by Ben Reply
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  • Nooooooooo!!! Please do not elevate Wynand Olivier to the starting lineup!!! Rather try the following:

    JDV 12, JPP 13, Mvovo or Basson 14, Aplon 15
    JDV 12, Habs 13, Mvovo or Basson 11, Aplon 15
    Ruan 10, Morne 12, JDV 13, Aplon 15

    Failing that we could keep Morne at 10, JDV at 13, and string up a tackle bag between them; it’s sure to be more effective than Timotei in the midfield…

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.06.12 10:05:12 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 8) : I’ll try to get to it tonight – need to reach one deadline at work today (not that all the rugby talk and blogging helps!) ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    @robdylan (Comment 10) : Hahaha!

    @Ben (Comment 13) : Best defensive 13. JP best attacking. JJ – rubbish. WO – rubbish. JDV – Absolute supreme centre all around.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.06.12 10:10:05 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 14) : Sorry meneer. WO will take 12, with Basson at 14 and JPP at 15. Gio, JJ and Ruan on the bench.

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.06.12 10:11:20 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 15) : I must say. I’m impressed with JdV at 13. Good move by Heyneke.

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.06.12 10:12:50 by Ben Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 16) : *sigh* I know, I know, but a man can wish. My feelings regarding Wynand Olivier playing for the Boks is similar to my feelings regarding Marius Joubert playing for the Sharks…

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.06.12 10:19:03 by Culling Song Reply
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  • No matter how much cotton wool Meyer “wraps” Alberts in this week/weekend… the Sharks are going to trash him in the next few weeks anyway. Can’t see them taking the responsible approach for the Bok cause? Not with the Superugby play-offs at stake.

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.06.12 10:44:33 by CS Reply

  • If Pat can’t play, I would expect Aplon to play at 15.

    HM’s likely backline would be:

    15 Aplon
    14 JPP
    13 JDV
    12 Olivier
    11 Habana
    10 Steyn
    9 Hougie

    Ruan, Jantjes and Basson on bench. JPP can cover 13, JDV can move to 12 if needed.

    Not what I would do…but the most likely.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.06.12 14:48:11 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 20) : Think that may be the backline if Pat is injured except don’t think Elton will be on the bench. Think it will be Joe Pietersen. From what we have read he has been called up to train with the Boks this week. Joe covers fb and fh. Think Meyer will want to cover himself with a fb this week after probably losing two fbs in two consecutive weeks. Ruan could cover fb as well.

    A bit worried with WO at inside centre this week. Think Barritt will be back as well for England.

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.06.12 15:10:12 by Puma Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 14) :

    Interesting idea with morne @ 12 . i was thinking we should maybe play Elton 10 and More 12 ..

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.06.12 15:16:13 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 21) :

    The Joe Pietersen story was wrong.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.06.12 15:16:21 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 23) : Probably could be wrong. Read it on Sports24. Just checked Louws twitter and he mentions it there, but it could be that Joe is back in training for the Stormers. Jeez some sites just jump on to something before they actually have proper information.

    So then if Pat is out injured Elton should be on the bench then. Or will it be Ruan to cover fb,fh and sh? Damn injuries, so wish we could just have gone with the same starting team as last week. Have always said consistency will bring success. Players need game time together, the injuries are a real pity.

    See that Small-Smith is out with that knee injury for the Baby Boks final this Friday. Huge loss if Jordaan still has that hammie injury then we could be in trouble there too.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.06.12 15:49:53 by Puma Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 23) : @Puma (Comment 24) :

    Joe P has been called up.

    Rob’s info is wrong!! ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.06.12 15:53:02 by wpw Reply
  • @Puma (Comment 24) : I guess in a pinch JPP could cover fullback too?

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.06.12 15:54:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Joe Pietersen called up to Springbok squad
    June 18, 2012

    DHL Western Province fullback Joe Pietersen has been called up to the Springbok squad in Port Elizabeth following the non-availability of a number of fullback options for Saturdayโ€™s third and final Castle Incoming Tour Test against England.

    Pietersen will join the squad later on Monday as they prepare for Saturdayโ€™s Test at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

    Injuries to fullbacks Zane Kirchner (knee) and Pat Lambie (ankle) in the first two Tests, as well as Frans Steynโ€™s non-availability because he is getting married, has necessitated the call-up of Pietersen.

    Pietersen, who had been struggling with a back injury, had been given the all clear by the Western Province medical team to join to Boks on Monday.

    โ€œJoe has always been part of our plans and also attended our final Planning Camp in Durban shortly before the England series started,โ€ explained Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

    โ€œInjuries are part of the game and something you canโ€™t plan for, but we always knew Frans was not going to be available for this Test. Joe knows our systems and game plans and Iโ€™m sure he will slot in easily.โ€

    Lambie and Willem Alberts, who injured knee ligaments in the second Test, both underwent scans on Monday morning in Port Elizabeth. They have not yet been ruled out of the Test and a further decision on their availability will be made by Wednesday.

    โ€œWeโ€™ve decided not to call up a replacement for Willem as we have enough cover amongst the loose forwards in the squad,โ€ said Meyer.

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.06.12 15:54:55 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 25) : hahaha. Will wait now and see first. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If Joe is in training with the Boks then think he will be on the bench and not Elton. He covers fb and fh.

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.06.12 15:57:21 by Puma Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 27) :

    I see!

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.06.12 15:58:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 27) : Good move to call up Joe. Think if Lambie is not available it will be Aplon to start with Joe on the bench. Well I see it that way.

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.06.12 15:59:28 by Puma Reply

  • I guess now that the series has been wrapped up HM finally felt more comfortable bringing in the Stormers ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.06.12 16:01:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 26) : JPP could but think he will cover outside centre. Plenty scenarios who can cover where.

    Players that cover various positions:

    Ruan. 15/10/9
    JPP. 15/14/13
    Aplon. 15/14
    Joe. 15/10
    Habs. 13/11
    Hougie 11/9
    JdV 14/12

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.06.12 16:05:47 by Puma Reply

  • Please start Joe… And if fit move Lambi to 10 for this test…. Comon HM, get with the prgm… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.06.12 16:06:27 by Franshark Reply
  • @vanmartin (Comment 31) : ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.06.12 16:07:38 by Franshark Reply
  • If the players test 100% and can play, go with the starting XV of last week. The more the players play together the better they will be. That is obvious. Though even if there is a niggle a player must not play. Don’t risk the injury to become chronic or not have a player that could play the full 80min. Damn pity that Fransie not there this week as well.

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.06.12 16:09:54 by Puma Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 25) : ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.06.12 16:14:10 by Megatron Reply


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